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14 reasons I live in Detroit (part 2 of 5)

3. Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park was listed as one of the Top Ten Great Public Spaces in America. It has free concerts during lunchtime, after work and on Fourth Fridays and movie nights on Saturdays. Last summer they added a beach and the Beach Grill. This summer they added the QL Sports Zone with beach volleyball and basketball courts. When the weather gets cold, we don’t stop having fun we just bundle up a bit and enjoy the ice rink, Tree Lighting Festival and Motown Winter Blast.  I love Campus Martius so much I got married there 3 years ago.

4. International Riverfront
The Riverwalk offers things like bike rentals, beach volleyball, yoga and almost 5.5 miles of running, walking, biking or hanging out space.  The newest edition to the Riverwalk is Mt. Elliott Park, which includes an amazing water feature/splash zone area for children and fishing piers. Oh and then there’s Canada itself just 2,500 feet across the Detroit River. It’s basically two countries for the price of one!

View of Ambassador Bridge and Canada from Detroit's riverfront.

View of Ambassador Bridge and Canada from Detroit’s riverfront. (Kaitlyn Buss/Detroit News)

5. Theater District
Detroit has the second largest theater district in the country with over 13,000 theater seats featuring everything from big Broadway shows to operas to small avant-garde performances…all within a 2 block radius around Grand Circus Park. I especially love the way we’ve preserved these old theaters like completely restoring the Opera House and Fox Theater and moving the Gem and Century to make room for Comerica Park.

If you missed part 1 of “14 reasons I live in Detroit,” check it out here.

To be continued later this week…


Jeanette Pierce
Jeanette Pierce is Executive Director at Detroit Experience Factory, an organization that helps locals and newcomers get connected to the city. A life-long Detroiter who grew up in the Morningside neighborhood, Jeanette founded Inside Detroit, a nonprofit that used tours and experiences to educate locals and visitors about Detroit’s history, culture and community. It later merged with D:hive to expand offerings and other resources related to real estate, jobs, important city data, retail options, small business and more. Jeanette was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top Twenty in their 20’s in 2007, was awarded the Shining Light Future Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press in 2010, and the Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award in 2011. Follow her @JeanettePierce.